Ashé Journal Winter Update

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This special issue is guest edited by Jay Michaelson, editor of Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.

http://ashejournal.com/

Jewish spirituality in the last several decades has undergone multiple revolutions. The liberation movements of the 1960s, encounters with non-Western religious traditions and the cosmopolitanism of the Internet have all left their mark, and have created new forms of Jewishness.
Ashé Journal Winter Update

*** Ashé Journal #5.4 ***

The winter issue of Ashé Journal (#5.4) is now live and online. This special issue is guest edited by Jay Michaelson, editor of Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.

Jewish spirituality in the last several decades has undergone multiple revolutions. The liberation movements of the 1960s, encounters with non-Western religious traditions and the cosmopolitanism of the Internet have all left their mark, and have created new forms of Jewishness.

Today there are feminist Jews and queer Jews; Jufis, BuJus, and HinJus; meditating Jews and psychedelic shamanic Jews; and even a few traditional Jews scratching their skullcapped heads and wondering what it all means.

Thank God for Ashé, because within the established Jewish community, many of the voices represented here would be considered threatening or foreign.

I edit a progressive Jewish magazine, which features cultural and spiritual writing, but we’re still sometimes expected to conform to expectations of what “Jewish” is supposed to mean. It’s been truly liberating to curate an issue of Ashé, where the boundaries are more permeable. Here are pot-smoking Hasidim, Jewish priestesses, horny tourists and political poets. A former dean of a rabbinical school, now praising the Golden Calf.

A Poet Laureate… of Queens. And, on the cover, Allen Ginsberg meeting Kabbalah: the Hebrew means “Serpent / Messiah,” and plays off the antinomian Kabbalistic observations that the two words share the same numeric value; the drawing personally inscribed in a book for Ashé’s founder, Sven Davisson.

These are the words and images of a Jewish culture beginning to emerge, a new spirituality that, born from the creators of boundary, now seeks the Boundless.

The issue includes the work of Tom Bland, Mordecai Drache, Susan H. Case, Jill Hammer, Rahel Chalfi, Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi, Jacob Staub, Jay Michaelson, Ruth Knafo Setton, Yoseph Leib, Hal Sirowitz and Sven Davisson; and artwork by Darryl Zudeck, Stan Goldberg, Ken Vollario, Orly Cogan, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Rebecca Jay, Bara Sapir and Allen Ginsberg.

http://ashejournal.com/

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*** Calls For Submissions ***

Calling All Punks, Riot Grrrls and Misfit Toys…

Issue #6.1: We are seeking creative and inspiration pieces of short fiction, poetry and artwork centering on themes of techno shamanism and youth culture. For this issue, we are particularly interested in pieces that explore the “American sadhu”–independent renunciation with a particularly western perspective… (Deadline March 15, 2007)

Visual Artists, Photographers…

Issue #6.2: We are seeking spiritual artwork, especially photography (both fine art and journalism) and painting, for a planned special edition of the Journal. We are also interested in critical or meditative articles on the relationship between art and spirituality. Please submit a query with one or more lower resolution attachments or a link to your digital portfolio.

Higher resolution 300dpi files will be necessary for publication purposes.

We looking for both established and new/upcoming artists with an emphasis on avant garde and experimental sensibilities. (Deadline May 1, 2007)

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